Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis Miniatlas

Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a chronic lung disease, characterised by a progressive interstitial fibrosis that produces a restrictive pattern and impairs gas exchange in the lungs. It is defined as a usual interstitial pneumonia (UIP) with no identified cause, the term “usual” referring to a patchy distribution of fibrosis that appears to originate from the pleural surface. A diagnosis of this condition is usually made by ruling out other causes of UIP, such as pharmacological toxicity, chronic aspiration and collagen diseases, among others.

IPF is the most common cause of interstitial pulmonary pneumonia and is the one with the worst prognosis, as it is estimated that in most patients death is caused by respiratory failure within 5 years of diagnosis.

This volume contains the following material:

Table of contents

The respiratory system

  • The respiratory system
  • Lung anatomy
  • Microstructure of the respiratory system
  • Pulmonary physiology

Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

  • Definition of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF)
  • Interstitial lung disease
  • Epidemiology of IPF
  • Risk factors for IPF
  • Aetiology of IPF
  • Pathogenesis of IPF
  • Clinical symptoms of IPF
  • Diagnosis of IPF
  • Criteria for diagnosing IPF
  • Chest x-ray in the diagnosis of IPF
  • HRCT for diagnosing IPF
  • Other instruments for diagnosing IPF
  • Natural history of IPF
  • Prognostic factors in IPF
  • Acute exacerbation of IPF
  • Comorbidities of IPF
  • Staging of IPF
  • Treatment goals in IPF
  • Pharmacological options for treating IPF
  • Pirfenidone in the treatment of IPF
  • Lung transplant in the treatment of IPF

The Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Miniatlas is part of an extensive collection of illustrated medical atlases (Miniatlas Collection) covering generic specialties to specific diseases, created to facilitate doctor-patient communication.

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